Your Guide To The Mysterious Political Committees Raising Big Bucks For Miami Candidates

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With one day left before the primary, we're going to miss the proliferation of groups with cryptic, yet patriotic, monikers spreading misinformation, collecting bundles of cash and absentee ballots, and getting out the vote for their candidates. There are so many political action commitees and electioneering communications organizations out there that it is hard to keep track of them.

Don't worry -- Banana Republican compiled this handy dandy political committee list for voters.

For instance, there's Big Vote For Justice, which is supporting criminal defense lawyer Rod Vereen for Miami-Dade State Attorney. But don't get them confused with Citizens For Justice, which is placing all its bets on the incumbent, Katherine Fernandez Rundle. Then there are the committees completely funded by out-of-state interests with ironic names such as Florida Freedom, which has been financed with $200,000 from a single entity based in New York City. It's enough to make our head spin.

Here's your quick reference guide:

Big Vote For Justice
Established: June 6
Chairman: Charles Flowers
Total Raised: $28,000
Top Donor: Police union Dade County PBA ($11,500)

When we contacted Flowers, he gave us a vague explanation as to who his committee is supporting. "We're whoever stands for justice," he said. After some prodding, Flowers said Big Vote For Justice is definitely backing Vereen. The Miami Herald reported that the committee recently sent campaign mailers to Miami-Dade Democrats accusing Rundle of accepting $110,000 in contributions in the past three elections from "off shore" companies in Puetro Rico.

Citizens For Justice
Established: June 15
Chairman: Robert Hertzberg
Total Raised: $78,800
Top Donor: law firm Greenberg Traurig ($25,000)

Hertzberg, a Miami attorney, tells us Citizens For Justice is reminding the people of Miami-Dade County about the "solid record against crime-fighting by Rundle." He adds: "She's been doing a wonderful job."


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